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Jan 28, 2018 07:06:05   #
scottishlass (a regular here)
 
http://www.yharma.com/2018/01/the-good-bad-ugly-decline-of-local-yarn.html?spref=fb
 
Jan 28, 2018 07:13:00   #
Munchn (a regular here)
 
This is a scary article. I do support my LYS. There are numerous benefits.... true colors of yarn, camaraderie, expert suggestions and relaxation. I hope knitters will reevaluate where they purchase their yarn.
Jan 28, 2018 07:21:48   #
susanmjackson (a regular here)
 
I am very lucky to live in an area with multiple LYS. I support them as much as possible and encourage my knit groups to do the same. After seeing some of my beautiful Yarns, a couple of the ladies in one of my groups has stopped shopping at the box stores and now how to the LYS for their needs. I always try to explain, that yes you may pay a little more at the shop, but you get to see and feel the yarn and you can compare many Yarns to get the perfect one for your project. Well worth a little extra to me.
Jan 28, 2018 07:34:09   #
IrishKate
 
I have visited beautiful yarn shops from coast to coast in my rv travels. Yarn purchased from these stores all have a very special meaning. We always sought them out. There is nothing quite like a romp through a yarn store. Never disappointing. Online offers convenience but inperson is the best.
Jan 28, 2018 07:45:15   #
welsh1
 
In my 'first life' in the UK when my now in their 40s sons were young, I knitted to save money. I always shopped in a LYS or from a regular stall in the local market. At both I was able to buy yarn of any type from cheap to expensive and put it on "lay away' pledging to buy a set number of balls/skeins/hanks weekly until I had completed my project. If I didn't complete the project or buy the chosen yarn by a pre-determined date it would go back into stock. This method enabled me and others to keep on knitting, meet other knitters and get assistance from the shop/stall owner.
In my 'second' life here in the USA, it's no longer cheaper to knit garments even with 'inexpensive yarn' but I continue to knit as a way to keep awake while watching TV. Unfortunately the LYSs I've visited both locally and when I go away seem to sell only very expensive yarn. Now while this yarn might be lovely to hold and view it usually requires special care, which I and my project recipients are not going to take the time to do. I've also have not found a single really friendly LYS! maybe it's my inferiority complex but I really haven't felt comfortable in any of them. None I've visited seem to have found the balance between customer care for all and seem to be very clique (ey) and don't seem to welcome new comers (customers) .
On one occasion (Asheville NC after a yarn festival) I visited a LYS and decided to purchase 2 hanks of an expensive hand painted yarn. While at the counter ready to pay the assistant, she suddenly let out a 'southern girl' 'squeal and left me while she rushed off to greet some people that she knew who had just entered the store. I remained at the counter for a few minutes feeling very 'put out' and then decided to return my selected yarn to the shelf and walked out. The assistant was still chatting to her 'friends' as I walked out the door - without spending the $100 which would have been my purchase. No wonder LYS' are failing!
Jan 28, 2018 08:08:15   #
lynduh
 
Welsh, my experience exactly!!! Only the "special" customer that I was being ignored for, was raving about her additional craft room "now that the nanny had left". LYS here are not friendly. I call their customers "yarn snobs".
 
Jan 28, 2018 08:13:21   #
jemima (a regular here)
 
Welsh how very rude . I would have just left the yarn on the counter and not put it back in stock .
Jan 28, 2018 08:35:00   #
wjeanc (a regular here)
 
IrishKate wrote:
I have visited beautiful yarn shops from coast to coast in my rv travels. Yarn purchased from these stores all have a very special meaning. We always sought them out. There is nothing quite like a romp through a yarn store. Never disappointing. Online offers convenience but inperson is the best.


It's time for a trip to Winter Haven, FL (what better reason to leave the cold behind than warm days in Florida?). I know I often (maybe too often) sing the praises here in KP of Four Purls located in lovely downtown Winter Haven. I do not have any financial interest in this business but I am compelled to endorse it because it has always met all the criteria I felt should be in a LYS. Friendly, helpful staff and owners. At least one of them has always greeted me when I arrived, offering assistance. When I say I just want to browse and fondle their yarn, they understand and give me all the space I need. Whenever I have questions, they try to assist. I always find something I can't leave in the store and it's not unusual for me to find bargains in their sale/clearance room (love building my stash this way). There are always knitters and crocheters gathered around in a circle in comfortable chairs and if I lived closer (I'm an hour away), I could join the circle or take one of the many classes offered. Their yarns range from inexpensive acrylics to the most beautiful wools you can imagine. And the colors! It's like stepping into a rainbow.

My next purchase from them will be a swift and winder. May pay a tiny bit more than online (but they are pretty competitive in price), but there's no shipping, no waiting (instant gratification), just my time to stop in when I'm in that area again, browse, admire (and fondle) their yarns, and probably exceed my yarn allowance. I try never to leave there without something so I can feel I've supported this LYS.

I hope all of us on KP gets the opportunity to visit and enjoy such a great LYS.

Jan 28, 2018 08:37:04   #
ynotknit
 
Munchn wrote:
This is a scary article. I do support my LYS. There are numerous benefits.... true colors of yarn, camaraderie, expert suggestions and relaxation. I hope knitters will reevaluate where they purchase their yarn.


Jan 28, 2018 08:51:11   #
kerriwg
 
I try and support my lys, Gate City Yarns in Greensboro, NC. The owner is very nice and has helped me so much in my knitting. I visited another shop before I discovered Gate City Yarns and they didn't seem as friendly. I went in and asked about a particular set of interchangeable needles (I read about them on Knitting Paradise), the woman said no, there are none like that and she was very adamant. There were women sitting around a table working on different needle projects, they seemed a bit clickish...if you know what I mean. I am so happy I found my lys and the owner genuinely cares about people. If you are in the area visit and see for yourself. I am just a customer and I want the shop to remain open so I have somewhere to purchase pretty yarns that I can touch.
Jan 28, 2018 09:40:15   #
Sealcookie (a regular here)
 
Living in rural Wyoming, I try to buy from our small lys but more I do tend to buy from on line stores to get a varit7 of different yarns. I try to buy from local dyers but again from on line.
 
Jan 28, 2018 09:43:19   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
I've had some unpleasant experiences in lys too. When my husband and I are out road tripping, I see a lys, I make him stop. I think I'm looking for that mythical lys I keep reading about on KP. Unfortunately, most we stop at are neutral if not slightly hostile. They take one look at my box store purse and shoes and think you are not willing to spend $250 on a sweater. They're right about that, but what they don't get is I might on socks. There have been a couple of exceptions, warm, friendly and fun. I go back to those everytime and buy things I don't need just because they're great. It's been my experience that the nicest ones also seen to have a good selection of more affordable yarns.
Jan 28, 2018 11:39:05   #
blaiwesk
 
Yes, some LYS are pretty clique-ish and unwelcoming. Others will always get my repeat business. As for online, there are also some great online companies, which I think might also be small businesses as opposed to Big Box stores and they do a fantastic job at customer service, but there is nothing like feeling the yarn and checking color first. Still if color isn’t essential, I’ll buy online when the price seems to beat the LYS. Sorry about that... competition.
Jan 28, 2018 14:00:42   #
Clancy P
 
I'm very lucky to have several LYSs in my area. Only a few are clicquish and I only go to those during the Yarn Crawl.

My second home is The Sated Sheep in Dripping Springs, TX and our Knitwits meets there every Friday morning, and some also go to an evening group during the week. Allison, the owner is very welcoming and also a great knitting guru. Great people, great yarns, tea, coffee, wine, meats and cheese plates. Life is indeed good!
Jan 28, 2018 16:23:32   #
WendyMargaret (a regular here)
 
If you are ever in Southern Vermont go the Hand Knits in Brattleboro. No snobs there.
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